Splendor is typically conservative in colors and graphics, but the 239 SunStar that showed up for our test sported black hull sides with an in-your-face lime green accent color. Look below the bond line — basically the rub rail, where the hull and deck come together — and you may discover another surprise. Unlike most deck boats, which sport V-hulls, the SunStar is a planing catamaran. That gives the boat a smooth ride in rough water, a minimal draft (only 12 inches with the engine trimmed out of the water), and a very stable presence at rest as the crew moves about on deck. It also gives the boat added depth in places you wouldn’t normally expect. Open the two-part door on the portside head compartment, and you’ll discover a nearly 4-foot-deep, roomy enclosure rarely found in a boat this size, with a low-maintenance, finished fiberglass lower half. You’ll also find surprisingly deep stowage aft, as well as a large ski locker. It’s easy to see why Splendor Boats SunStars are big sellers in places like Baltimore and Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay region and Florida’s Gulf Coast. Anyone who boats on shallow, choppy water will appreciate why this is so.